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08 March 2010 @ 07:43 am
Oscars  
I knew James Cameron had been married to Linda Hamilton, but I hadn't realized he'd also been married to Kathryn Bigelow. It was strangely satisfying to watch the "king of the world" be dethroned by one of his ex-wives. He seemed to be cheering her on, though, so good for them both. I also liked how they set up Streisand to present her the best director award; obviously a woman winning for the first time meant a lot to her. Watching Bigelow come back on the stage in a daze to accept Best Picture, I thought, "So that's what an out of body experience looks like from the outside."

The Steve Martin/Alec Baldwin buddy act schtick seemed tired and forced. If NPH doesn't have time in his busy schedule to host next year, maybe they should let Ben Stiller have a turn. He obviously wants the job.

As usual, the original score category is the one I feel most strongly about, and I **LOVED** how they presented the nominees this year. I was very, very happy to see the worthy Giacchino win his first Oscar for the soundtrack to Up.

The John Hughes tribute was sweet, but seemed a bit much, considering everyone else who died this year got 5-10 seconds. It ended up being more of a "wow, all those actors look old now" moment.

The clips from the nominees for best documentary feature were more horrifying than the clips from the horror movie tribute. Did you see that river of dolphin blood?

I'm glad they kept the five-on-five format for Best Actor/Actress. I think the winners in those categories specifically are more about career than any one role (especially this year), and it's a nice way of highlighting the fact that all the nominees gave worthy performances.

I don't think expanding the Best Picture nominees from 5 to 10 did anything except take up more presentation time and allow Up to claim the distinction of being the second animated film nominated for Best Picture.
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Apaperlibrarian on March 8th, 2010 01:46 pm (UTC)
I'm a terrible movie-comm mod. We don't have TV so I didn't watch the Oscars. I think I'd only seen one or two of the nominees anyway.

Sarah Bunting of Tomato Nation did an "Oscar Death Race"--she tried to watch every nominated movie in a month. She didn't quite make it, but her effort was pretty impressive.

Kareilakareila on March 8th, 2010 02:01 pm (UTC)
I don't see a lot of movies anyway, and The Hurt Locker is not anything I would sit through, but I'm enough of a pop-culture fangirl to be interested in the race.

When I lived in Boston, one of the independent theaters there would show all the nominated shorts in one evening. I never made it to a screening, but always thought that was such a great idea.

This year I saw Avatar, and Star Trek (which won Best Makeup), and two of the five animated feature nominees. I also have to admit, I really want to see The Blind Side, because it's a story about My People.
Apaperlibrarian on March 8th, 2010 02:13 pm (UTC)
Looking at a nominee list now. Saw Up, Harry Potter, and Coraline.
Kareilakareila on March 8th, 2010 02:18 pm (UTC)
I missed that HP6 was nominated. I saw it too.
Apaperlibrarian on March 8th, 2010 02:20 pm (UTC)
Cinematography or something.

I THOUGHT you'd seen it!
Apaperlibrarian on March 8th, 2010 02:14 pm (UTC)
Also, I thought, "Sandra Bullock did a movie about nerds??"
Kareilakareila on March 8th, 2010 02:18 pm (UTC)
That was The Net.
Apaperlibrarian on March 8th, 2010 02:21 pm (UTC)
THE PASSWORD TO THE INTERNET IS BUFFALO.
Kareilakareila on March 8th, 2010 02:24 pm (UTC)
Neil Gaiman tweeted that one of the best actress nominees had a role in the episode "Blink" (which I have not yet seen). Carey Mulligan.
Apaperlibrarian on March 8th, 2010 02:28 pm (UTC)
She was also in Bleak House and she STOLE MY HEART AND WON'T GIVE IT BACK.

I love her hair all short too, no matter what the Fug girls say.
A: emodoctorpaperlibrarian on March 8th, 2010 02:28 pm (UTC)
Also, Blink is brilliant and you should catch up.